Only yesterday Yemeni officials were claiming significant progress in their military effort to retake the southwestern town of Zinjibar. Today, officials have admitted the situation was far more grave than they were letting on.
Rather than only seven soldiers slain in the offensive, officials now put the toll at over 100 soldiers killed and 260 others wounded. Not only that, but the troops had withdrawn from the town in a “tactical move.”
Now the Yemeni military is relying purely on air strikes and artillery fire in attacking the town, the capital of the Abyan Province. The town has been under the control of a group calling itself Ansar al-Sharia, which the Saleh government accuses of being in league with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.